Following is a list of various resources that families can use to mark "World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly."

Theme:  I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS

Individuals and Families

  • Have children and grandchildren bless the grandparents
  • Visit an elderly neighbor and be a blessing to them; do a service or bring a small gift
  • Make a display table of photographs of deceased grandparents and elderly
  • Create a memory scrapbook
  • Remember your grandparents by doing something they loved (make a recipe, listen to music, go fishing or some other activity)

For Reading and Reflection:

“Letter to the Elderly” written by Pope St. John Paul II (1999) • www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/letters/1999/documents/hf_jp-ii_let_01101999_elderly.html

“The Blessings of Age – A Pastoral Message on Growing Older within the Faith Community,” USCCB (1999- English & Spanish) • www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/blessings-of-age

“The Catholic Grandparents Handbook:  Creative Ways to Show Love, Share Faith, and Have Fun,” Lorene Hanley Duquin, Word Among Us Press, February 2018



More Resources:

Catholic Grandparents Association website (emblem, poster, prayer)

www.catholicgrandparentsassociation.org/


Franciscan Media, Saint of the Day:
  Saints Anne & Joachim

www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saints-joachim-and-anne

Holy See – Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life webpage

www.laityfamilylife.va/content/laityfamilylife/en/amoris-laetitia/iniziative-e-risorse/giornata-mondiale-e-anziani.html


Jesuit Resource.org

• www.xavier.edu/jesuitresource/online-resources/prayer-index/prayers-for-grandparents

Diocese of Trenton webpages:

dioceseoftrenton.org/golden-years

• dioceseoftrenton.org/50th-wedding-anniversary

• dioceseoftrenton.org/world-day-grandparents-and-elderly